The first time you come to Trequanda, you will probably have taken the road from Sinalunga and so you will see after 5 kilometers on the top of a hill the walled contours and towers of this tiny city dating back to Etruscan days. The remarkable round tower of the Castello dei Cacciaconti (probably dating back to the 11th century or before) and the bell tower of the church of Santi Pietro and Andrea (built around 1327) can be seen amidst the vineyards and olive groves surrounding this hidden gem of the hills some 30 kilometers east of Siena. Trequanda forms together with Petroio and Castelmuzio the municipality of Trequanda. Although less than 1400 people are living here, Trequanda has a world-famous butcher Macelleria Ricci delivering beef (steak Fiorentina) to all corners of the world. The bakery “Il pannaio di Roberto Mancini” provides you with bread, cakes and pizza’s (If you want Roberto makes pizza’s at Gli Oppi’s own medieval pizza oven). Then there is a grocery, a pharmacy, a kiosk with local and foreign newspapers, a hardware store, a petrol station, a hairdresser and the Banca Monte dei Passchi di Siena dating back to 1472, so you hardly have to go elsewhere for your daily shopping. All shops are either on or at a short walking distance from Trequandas’ only square, the Piazza Garibaldi, where you find also 2 bars with terraces –Bar La Torre and Osteria Café Ciriera- for Italian coffees or panini in the morning or a glass of wine or prosecco in the evening.

Trequanda is right between the areas in which the top Chianti wines, the Vino Nobile and the Brunello are grown so even the local “rosso ” is a delight. Eating is very important in Italy and so the tiny municipality boasts several good restaurants (a.o. Conte Matto, Madonina dei Monti, Paradiso and Osteria Café Ciriera; see further under restaurants).

More info
Website of the butcher Macelleria Ricci: www.macelleriaricci.it